Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Melissa Merz
312-814-3118
877-844-5461 (TTY)

mmerz@atg.state.il.us
July 19, 2006

MADIGAN: PREMCOR TO CLEAN UP 51 LEAKING UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS AND PAY $500,000 PENALTY

Chicago - Attorney General Lisa Madigan today said an agreement was entered in Cook County Circuit Court that requires Premcor Refining Group, Inc., to pay a $500,000 civil penalty to the State of Illinois for petroleum releases from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs) at 51 sites in 41 Illinois cities.

In addition, Premcor also must clean up contaminated soil and groundwater at all 51 sites by 2011. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) will verify clean-up at each site after it is completed.

As part of the settlement, Premcor must perform an environmentally beneficial project at a total cost of $562,343 to remove 35 underground storage tanks at nine separate service station locations in Illinois by 2011. Premcor currently is not required by law to remove these tanks, and performance of this project is expected to prevent potential future releases of petroleum into the environment. If Premcor does not spend all of the money in removing the 35 underground storage tanks, it must spend the remainder of the money on another state-approved project, or pay the remainder to Illinois’ Environmental Protection Trust Fund.

“We are pleased that Premcor will clean up petroleum contamination at these 51 sites within five years. This timely cleanup will improve the quality of the soil and groundwater and will protect the health of people who live near these sites,” Madigan said.

In May 2005, Madigan filed suit against Premcor, formerly known as Clark Refining & Marketing, Inc., alleging that LUSTs had contaminated soil and groundwater at 27 former Clark facilities throughout Illinois. Madigan’s suit alleged that the releases of gasoline and other petroleum products resulted in elevated levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen. Today’s settlement with Premcor adds 24 former service station locations to the 27 originally identified in the May 2005 complaint.

Assistant Attorney General Katherine Hausrath is handling the case for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau. The following list identifies the former Clark stations included in today’s consent order.

LOCATION CITY
108 West 6th Street Kewanee
4201 4th Avenue Moline
2641 7th Avenue Rock Island
2005 Madison Avenue Granite City
6800 State Street East St. Louis
901 Dundee Ave Elgin
Junc Rts 23 & 66 Pontiac
1001 Camp Jackson Road Cahokia
1092 W Grand Decatur
625 North Elm Centralia
3051 Washington Road Granite City
1550 E Pershing Rd Decatur
1012 W Main Carbondale
634 S Poplar St Centralia
315 North Main Benton
301 West Market Bloomington
216 North Main Normal
Main & 30th Quincy
134 South Sterling Streator
341 Waukegan Ave Highwood
3215 Auburn St Rockford
310 West Main Street Salem
419 South Buchanan Edwardsville
256 West Main Shelbyville
73 Airline Drive Rosewood Heights
6101 South Cass Avenue Westmont
703 South 1st Street Silvis
750 Glenwood Dyer Road Glenwood
Charleston Avenue Mattoon
326 East Poplar Street Harrisburg
1608 South Banker Street Effingham
3802 Highway 11 Pontoon Beach
651 North Independence Romeoville
1401 Kings Highway Washington Park
415 Virginia St Crystal Lake
575 Lake St Bartlett
3111 W. Rte 120 Mc Henry
1309 Washington St Washington
105 E. Van Buren Clinton
115 W. Pershing Decatur
3740 E. William Decatur
2895 S. Franklin St Decatur
102 E. Pershing Decatur
Box 846, 204 Lombard Mahomet
4709 Sterling Road Peoria
4805 War Memorial Drive Peoria
3907 N. Sheridan Peoria
101 W. Irving Park Rd Bensenville
2401 Dempster Rd Evanston
645 N. Independence Romeoville
2101 N Lewis Waukegan

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